An Unexamined Faith is a Flat Faith

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Rabbi David Zaslow on the Jewish Roots of Christianity

When I reviewed Rabbi Zaslow’s book Jesus: First-Century Rabbi recently, he left a comment on the post, pointing out this interview that he did on Christian television. I thought it might be of interest to more readers than those who happened to be keeping an eye on the comments on that post, and so I’ve [Read More...]

Jewish Androids

I finally got around to starting to watch The Big Bang Theory recently. It is hilarious! I was surprised by how much treatment of religion there is in the first half of the first season. I particularly liked the treatment of what it would mean to be a Jewish android, including circumcision and powering down [Read More...]

Review of Jesus: First-Century Rabbi

When I saw that there would be a Patheos Book Club on Rabbi David Zaslow’s book Jesus: First-Century Rabbi, I knew I had to participate. Not only the subject of the historical figure of Jesus, but also the relationship of Christian origins to its Jewish matrix, interest me both professionally and personally. The cover material of [Read More...]

Schiffman – Messages from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Lecture by Lawrence Schiffman [Read more...]

History and the Bible on Reddit

Today there will be an AMA session on ancient Jewish and Christian history, including but not limited to matters that intersect with the Bible, on the AskHistorians subreddit. I will be participating. Hope you’ll pay a visit! UPDATE: Here’s a direct link:  http://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/1sbq67/we_are_scholarsexperts_on_ancient_judaism/   [Read more...]

Happy Hanukkah!

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Have a Happy Thanksgivukkah!

So apparently Thanksgivukkah is what they are calling the convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah in just a couple of days from now. This is not merely a once in a lifetime event, but a once in a civilization event, as the next convergence will be many tens of thousands of years in the future. So [Read More...]

The Iranian Talmud

Shai Secunda, one of the scholars behind the Talmud Blog, has a book that is being released, The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in Its Sasanian Context (in the series Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion, from University of Pennsylvania Press). As someone interested in Judaism, Eastern Christianity, Jewish-Christian interaction, and the Mandaeans, this is a [Read More...]

TARDIS Sukkah

Someone on Reddit posted this picture of a sukkah on their campus. Some Jewish Whovians somewhere clearly know how to celebrate Sukkoth properly!   [Read more...]

Shana Tova!

Happy new year to those who celebrate it according to the Jewish calendar! Even the Iranian president has voiced his Rosh ha-Shanah sentiments! [Read more...]


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